Difficult Birth Group
Difficult Birth Group
Date: Every Monday, Starting April 9
Cost: $50 per session
There is so much focus these days on how to plan for the “perfect birth” that when a birth doesn’t go as anticipated it often comes as a terrible shock to a new mother. Grief, shame, and anger are just a few of the powerful emotions that may well up in a new mom who feels that she is somehow to blame for not having the birth she worked towards with such high hopes. To further compound things, a new mom may feel isolated with these emotions, which can exacerbate the negative feelings associated with the birth. All of which may overwhelm a new mom and make it harder for her to feel connected to her baby, and empowered in her role as a parent.
This group invites women who have had a difficult birth experience to process their feelings in a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive space.
Goals of the group:
To experience the healing impact of receiving feedback from other women who have had similar experiences and who can empathize with, and normalize each other’s emotional responses.
To help members of the group create meaning through telling and making sense of their birth stories. This process facilitates the integration of this experience into their personal narratives, lessening its traumatic impact.
To provide non-judgmental support in areas of parenting that may be particularly challenging after a difficult birth such as: feeding, sleeping, taking the baby outside, caring for a sick baby, etc. Additionally this group will focus on the importance of self-care for the new mom: how it positively impacts the mother-child bond, and ways to increase it.
To encourage better coping skills that empower members to feel more secure in their choices as a parent, and to develop personal, and more realistic standards of what it means to be a good mom.
Allison Schwartz, Psy.D, is a clinical psychologist specializing in adult psychotherapy. Dr. Schwartz received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, and did her postdoctoral training at the Karen Horney Clinic (in affiliation with the American Institute for Psychoanalysis).
Dr. Schwartz completed her internship at the Manhattan V.A. Hospital, where she received extensive training in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as other clinical issues including depression, anxiety, sleep, addiction, and adjustment disorders. Prior to internship, Dr. Schwartz also participated in year-long trainings at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, St. Luke’s–Roosevelt Hospital (now Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s) Women’s Health Project, and Brooklyn College’s Counseling Center. Across these settings, Dr. Schwartz has had the wonderful opportunity to work with clients of varying ages, ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations, providing her great familiarity and comfort working with people from all backgrounds.
In her private practice, Dr. Schwartz has a special interest in working with women’s issues, particularly pertaining to struggles with pregnancy, the birth experience, motherhood, and work/family balance. This interest continues to inform her psychotherapeutic work given the relevance of these challenges for so many women today.